Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This vegan version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food.     This elegant recipe is a total crowd pleaser every time.  And, this is yet another way [...]

Simple Summer Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

When I dream about the perfect salad (and, yes, sometimes I do that), I think about peppery arugula topped with fresh fruits, candied nuts or seeds and the perfect creamy dressing to bring it all together.  This is that salad plus it contains quinoa for added protein.  This salad is light and just screams summertime.  I [...]

The BIG Vegan Greek Salad

Sometimes, like Elaine on Seinfeld, I crave the BIG salad. I want lots of crunchy greens but also something that will satisfy me and not make me feel like a bunny eating carrots and romaine.  Elaine Benes was on to something.  This episode basically invented The Big Salad in my book. Well, this Greek salad [...]

Creamy Broccoli & Zucchini Pasta Salad (vegan + gluten-free)

Cold pasta dishes are perfect for summertime al fresco dining.  This one is super creamy but mayo-free, dairy-free and nut-free.  I used tahini as the base for a slightly sweet and garlicky dressing.  Fresh basil and spring onions make this dish really pop in terms of flavor.  It is loaded with fresh veggies: broccoli, zucchini and [...]

Southwestern Jicama Slaw with Lime-Agave Creamy Tahini Dressing

Summertime means warm weather, fresh produce, potlucks with friends and family and of course outside dining.  This mayo-free slaw is perfect for enjoying poolside or at an outdoor BBQ or picnic.  It features jicama, a vegetable that is crisp, crunchy and basically flavorless... until you add amazing Southwestern flavors.  Think fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic [...]

Easy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Agave-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Everyone has a weakness and mine is sweet potato fries.  Always has been!  I could eat a pound of them and still want more.  They are so sweet and spicy and my favorite part is drenching them in honey mustard dipping sauce.  Major YUM factor. And as I inhale them I always tell myself how healthy [...]

Vegan & Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Zucchini & Potato Latkes (Baked)

These vegan and gluten free latkes will make your healthy Hanukkah dreams come true!  Even though they are baked instead of fried, they still get crispy.  I promise.  To keep things light and vegan, skip the sour cream and serve them with creamy hummus or unsweetened apple sauce for a healthful snack any time of [...]

Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Maple-Lemon Tahini Dressing

Have you ever been asked to bring salad to dinner but want to do more than just lettuce, carrots, tomato and balsamic dressing?  This is the salad to end all salads and wow your friends and family. It is really more than a salad.  Satisfying?  Yes.  Layers of texture? Yes.  Colorful, sweet, flavorful and festive?  Oh, [...]

Pecan-Cranberry Quinoa with Garlic-Maple Dressing

As everyone knows, quinoa is my go-to food.  It is so easy to prepare and offers such amazing health benefits.  It is loaded with fiber (one serving has over 5 grams) and is considered a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids which makes it a great source of plant-based protein for vegans.  In [...]

Spiralized Green Apple and Purple Cabbage Slaw with Nuts

Fruit, veggie and vegan protein all in one tasty dish! I can't believe grill season is already here!  This warmer weather could not have come soon enough after such a long and dreadful winter.  I'm so excited to experiment with fresh recipes for this grilling season.  First up is this super healthy slaw recipe which [...]

By | May 18th, 2015|dairy-free, gluten-free, raw, salad, side dish, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|

Sesame-Cilantro Roasted Sweet Potatoes Drizzled with Creamy Tahini Sauce

Crispy (and slightly spicy) sweet potatoes are drenched in a creamy tahini sauce that makes this side dish mouth watering.  The cilantro garnish adds a gourmet twist that is unexpected and yet perfectly pairs with the nutty sesame and spicy chili flavor of these roasted beauties. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies.  Sweet [...]

By | May 4th, 2015|dairy-free, gluten-free, side dish, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|

Roasted Garlic-Shallot Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce

Ho-hum potatoes are livened up with a thick and creamy dill sauce. Dill screams spring-time and adds a fresh spark to recipes. Garlic lovers will rejoice in these crispy and fresh tasting potato cubes. Potatoes have gotten a bad reputation because of how they are typically prepared: doused in butter, deep-fried or topped with bacon [...]

By | March 29th, 2015|dairy-free, gluten-free, side dish, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

This is a raw and gluten-free spin on classic tabbouleh.   In addition to cauliflower, it is loaded with tomatoes and an assortment of green veggies including kale, green pepper and cucumber.  Its refreshing flavor comes from the fresh mint, fresh parsley, lemon juice, olive oil and salt/pepper.  This dish is great for picnics, lunches, BBQs [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|dairy-free, gluten-free, raw, salad, side dish, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|

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